Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted that he’s worried about his job after United’s 2-1 loss to Norwich on Saturday.
United has had a poor run of form and hasn’t won in the league since Nov. 21 when they beat Watford 2-1. United went down 2-0 to newcomers Norwich at Old Trafford after goals by Cameron Jerome in the 38th minute and Alexander Tetteh in the 54th minute. Anthony Martial pulled one back for United in the 66th minute but the Red Devils were unable to salvage any points.
United saw themselves getting passed by Tottenham Hotspur in the standings, as they now sit in 5th place with 29 points, nine points behind leaders Leicester City.
Van Gaal was rather gloom in his assessment of the performance after the game.
“What you have seen today is what a lack of confidence can do,” van Gaal told manutd.com. “It was not good enough and it was our first defeat at Old Trafford [this season] and that makes it remarkable. It is also confirmation that we are in a very bad period which we have to come out of. This is difficult or we would have done that today.
“You have to win against Norwich City, you have to win every home match. The problem is how we come out of this bad period. That can be done when we stick together, not just the players, manager and staff but the fans – that is very important. Everything I say about the defeat is one word too much because the expectation is that we beat Norwich and we didn’t do that.
“To show your professional attitude is the only way you can get our confidence back. Of course we have to evaluate what we have done today and how we have prepared for this match and so on. Tomorrow we shall do that as staff, as a team, to make it better for Stoke City in the next game, then the same for two days later against Chelsea. I am always evaluating myself because that is an aspect of my philosophy. In the 25 years of management I evaluate myself every day. I am not the same coach of 25 years ago and I always evaluate. This is why I am, or maybe I now have to say was, a very successful manager.”
Van Gaal admitted to being worried about keeping his job if the poor run continues.
“Yes I worry about my job because I know that belief in a manager is very important and when you lose the games, the belief in the manager will decrease,” van Gaal said. That is happening now. I cannot close my eyes to that.”